Survey: Mental Health Council Senate Submission on Rural & Remote Services

Nic McBride

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. We represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better access and outcomes for every Tasmanian.

MHCT is developing a submission to the National Inquiry into the Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Australia.

“Australians struggling with mental ill-health already have the odds stacked against them finding access to mental health services,” said Committee Chair, Senator Rachel Siewert. “This is only exacerbated in the bush, with regional and remote Australians, particularly our first peoples and our farmers, struggling with high rates of mental ill health and suicide.”

The Inquiry’s Terms of Reference appear below. MHCT recognises that this as an important opportunity to collate and present mental health needs and concerns for rural and remote communities across Tasmania.

MHCT invites you to participate in this important survey relating to the mental health system in rural and remote regions of Tasmania.  Please also feel free to share the survey link with your network, and encourage colleagues, clients or anyone else you feel may be interested, to participate so we can ensure a diverse range of experience, opinions and concerns are included in the Inquiry submission.

Click here to access the survey

Survey responses will be fully anonymous, and will form the basis for MHCT’s  submission to the Inquiry. To ensure that MHCT is providing an accurate representation of relevant issues and priorities for our communities, we would like to receive responses from as many individuals and organisations as possible.

More information on the Inquiry 

The survey closes at 5pm, Friday 4 May 2018

Inquiry Terms of Reference
The accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, with specific reference to:

(a) the nature and underlying causes of rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate;
(b) the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia;
(c) the nature of the mental health workforce;
(d) the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions;
(e) attitudes towards mental health services;
(f) opportunities that technology presents for improved service delivery; and
(g) any other related matters.

If you have any questions regarding MHCT’s submission to this inquiry, or wish to provide MHCT with further information, please contact Kaity Graham on kgraham@mhct.org.

We look forward to your responses, and our sincere thanks for making the time to participate.